Andy Roddick Stunned in China

Aaron KumarSenior Writer IOctober 6, 2009

BEIJING - OCTOBER 06:  Andy Roddick of USA breaks a bat when he completes against Lukasz Kubot of Poland in his first round match during day five of the 2009 China Open at the National Tennis Centre on October 6, 2009 in Beijing, China.  (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)

Defending Champion Andy Roddick suffered a shocking first-round defeat in the ATP Event in China. Roddick won the title last year and this result will be a massive blow to his chances of qualifying for the ATP Masters Cup in London next month.

Roddick was beaten 6-2, 6-4 by the Polish qualifier Lukasz Kubot. Kubot is Poland's No. 1 player, but he was ruled out of his nation's recent Davis Cup Victory over Britain due to injury.

Roddick stunned the tennis world earlier this year when he defeated the British No. 1 Andy Murray in the semifinals of Wimbledon. Roddick went on to push Roger Federer all the way in the final before losing out by the narrowest of margins, 16-14 in the fifth set.

However, since that tournament, the American has struggled to make the inroads many predicted he would on tour. Roddick will be disappointed that he was not able to upset the Betting Odds and defend his title.